The death of entertainment icon Mike Nichols on Wednesday triggered heartfelt compliments from the stars of Hollywood and Broadway. Film director Steven Spielberg, for example, said that Nichols’ 1967 movie “The Graduate” was “life altering – both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene.”
Voting is a right for almost every citizen of the United States. But it didn’t always exist. The brilliance of our founding fathers gave the concept life, then they and their neighbors put their lives on the line to secure that right through a bloody revolution. It has been safeguarded for more than 230 years through vigilance, sacrifice and courage. The right to vote was purified as women and people of color fought for their rights to cast a ballot.
Jim Costa is considered a hard-working legislator. He works hard in Washington representing California’s 16th Congressional District, deeply involved in some of our most important issues – water security, agriculture, transportation and clean air. He works hard in the district, helping us keep air service to Merced County, among other issues. He works hard for constituents, or so we’ve been told.
Calling California’s 8th Senate District sprawling is an understatement. It includes all or part of 10 counties, stretching from the edge of Sacramento to Yosemite National Park through Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to Death Valley. It borders Nevada on the east and touches much of the San Joaquin Valley in the west.
There might not be a more dramatic example of the dangers of police work than the shooting spree that left two sheriff’s deputies dead and a deputy and a bystander wounded Friday in Northern California.
There’s an adage about everyone deserving a second act in life. Gov. Jerry Brown is finishing Act 3 and about to embark on a curtain call. If the polls are any indication, his reviews are better now than they’ve ever been.